26th September 2013

Senior Students Supporting The Federation of Small Businesses

A group of Senior Students have been working with local business people from the Federation of Small Businesses to prepare a Presentation which will be used as part of a FSB Conference taking place on 5th October. As part of this project students met with business owners and took part in a range of interviews to enable them to find out more about what it takes to set up your own business. The project was planned and co-ordinated by Miss Michelle McCormick in the Art Department. This was a fantastic opportunity for all of the students involved and the Business representatives commented on the professionalism of everyone who took part. (pupils Ross McAlpine, Aimee Gowrie along with a member of the FSB)

Social Networking Information Event for Parents

On Monday 23 September our Parent Council hosted a very successful information evening for parents and carers. Our Partnership Officer June Ford co-ordinated the event, supported by representatives from Young Scot and Tesco. Senior students delivered extremely helpful presentations which focused on practical tips for parents on how to keep young people safe when using a range of social network sites. The students plan to provide information leaflets for parents and pupils to follow up on the event. Many thanks to everyone involved in making the evening such a success.

St Andrew’s Hospice Fun Run

Well done to everyone who completed the St. Andrews Hospice 6K event at Strathclyde Park on Sunday. Over 50 pupils took part and everyone had a fantastic time. Our St. Andrews Hospice Ambassadors will collect sponsor money throughout the coming week and are very confident that they can beat last years total.

Fundraising for Malawi

The Malawi committee are hosting a talent show on Thursday 10th October. Tickets costing £4, go on sale on Friday 4th October. The show which features special guests from Signature Dance Squad and The Fame Academy is being held to raise much needed funds for a visit to Malawi. 8 senior students plan to visit Malawi to work hand in hand with the community at Fisherman’s Rest to develop feeding programmes, poultry projects and work in the Community Centre. We hope that as many people as possible will support this event.

UCAS Evening

A UCAS careers evening will take place in the school on Monday 7th October for senior students and parents.

The evening is designed to support our students as they prepare for University and to give them very valuable advice on student loans and fee applications.

S5 students who are applying to university next year are welcome to attend.

If you would like more details please see Mrs Chalmers

Technical Team

Staff in the Learning Centre which is based in the Academy, are planning to train a small group of pupils to become part of our Technical Team to help support school shows and performances. No prior knowledge is needed, as The Learning Centre staff will train those wishing to participate. Students who are interested should speak to Mr Davidson in The Learning Centre.

Ethos Committee

A few weeks ago, the Ethos Committee launched our first Ethos Focus Week of the year with the theme “Academy Achievers.” During the week, the team highlighted the successes of some of our former pupils to inspire our current pupils to achieve their best.

This week, to mark the International Day of Peace which is celebrated worldwide on September 21st, the Committee are highlighting tolerance and mutual respect and encouraging our pupils to build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity. Using the inspiring story of Hiroshima victim Sadako Sasaki, the committee are leading staff and pupils in the production of a “Senbazuru” (a chain of 1000 origami cranes).